Development Studies Honours 4310

Course code GEOG4310Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course builds knowledge and understanding about the history and philosophy of research in the social, environmental and natural sciences. This knowledge and understanding is used to develop insights into the ways that the development problem is conceived and acted on. The course enhances skills and capacities in reading and literature reviewing, critical reasoning and argument, essay writing and verbal communication. The course includes: discussions of theoretical and applied directions in development studies; student-based presentations of key issues; and training workshops in computing skills, on-line bibliographic searches, statistical analysis, writing techniques, and cartography.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course students will have:

1. An advanced comprehension of contemporary development issues and their historical, socio-cultural and geographical dimensions.

2. An advanced understanding of cross-disciplinary approaches to demographic, socio-cultural, economic and environmental factors and structures, uneven development and its impacts at local, regional and global scales.

3. An advanced comprehension of the variety of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate development processes and problems.

4. A wide range of skills and methods necessary to undertake a complex analysis and communication of development issues and to critically analyse development measures, indicators, reports and policies.
Content* Approaches and Definitions of:
- First World/Third World and North/South- paradigm
- Economic and cultural interpretations of progress and growth
- Holistic interpretations

* Critical analysis of development theories and their paradoxes:
- Economic and political development theories
- Development models, indicators and measurements
- Alternative approaches

* The history and philosophy of research approaches in development studies:
- Social science epistemologies
- Environmental approaches
- Ideological contradictions

* Advanced skills development:
- Oral presentation and discussion
- Essay writing
Replacing Course(s)GEOS4310
TransitionStudents currently enrolled in the previous suite of honours, ie GEOS4310, 4320, 4330 and 4340 will be permitted to finish their current program prior to these courses being deleted.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of Bachelor of Development Studies with credit grades or above in core 2000 and 3000 courses.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCoursework essay
Presentations - IndividualOral presentation and discussion
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOG4310